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Franconia Ridge - Lafayette, Lincoln, Liberty and Flume

In this complete Franconia Ridge loop climb you'll grab all four 4,000 foot peaks in the area.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 15.3 miles
Duration: Full day

Overview:  On this unbelievable ridge climb you will pass by an AMC hut on the way up then follow a narrow ridge over to Lincoln from Lafayette... more »

Tips:  Lafayette Place Trailhead:
This trailhead is located off of I-93 near the Franconia Notch State Park. It is on the east side of the... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Lafayette Place Trailhead

$3 per day to park here. Head up the trail towards the Bridal Path Trail which veers off to the left just a short ways from the parking lot.

2. Mt. Lafayette Ridge Ascent

A look up the ridge you are ascending.

3. AMC Hut

Take a break at the hut and Eagles Lakes to catch your breath before heading up to Lafayette and the exposed ridge.

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4. Mt. Lafayette Summit

This exposed 5,242' summit is the start of a very exposed ridge climb. Make sure the weather is good before continuing south down the ridge. You've reached the highest point at this summit.

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5. Mt. Lincoln Summit

5,089 foot Mt. Lincoln. Continuing on past Mt. Lincoln you will be traveling over a 2 mile stretch of knife-edge ridge that connects this peak with Little Haystack.

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6. Little Haystack Summit & Trail Junction

I'm not sure why this peak isn't included as one of the official 4,000+ foot peaks in NH. I believe it is because it doesn' thave enough elevation above Lincoln's Ridge to be considered an official separate peak. Just below this peak is the trail junction that takes you down the falling waters trail but for now you will continue south down the... More

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7. Summit of Mt. Liberty

This 4,459' summit is not above treeline but there are still great views from its rocky summit.

8. Mt. Flume Summit

This 4,328' peak has a craggy summit that is above a cliff atop a large slide area.

9. Falling Water Trail

Falling water on the falling water trail!

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